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Asiloidea

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Cladus: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Cladus: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Ordo: Diptera
Subordo: Brachycera
Infraordo: Asilomorpha
Superfamilia: Asiloidea
Familiae: Apioceridae - Apsilocephalidae - Apystomyiidae - Asilidae - Bombyliidae - Evocoidae - Hilarimorphidae - Mydidae - Mythicomyiidae - Scenopinidae - Therevidae - †Protapioceridae

Name

Asiloidea

References

* Yamaguchi, C.; Lamas, C.J.E. 2009: A catalogue of the types of Asiloidea (Diptera) in the collection of the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (Part 1: Bombyliidae and Mydidae). Zootaxa, 2146: 35-52. Abstract & excerpt

Asiloidea is a very large cosmopolitan superfamily of Diptera. The former infraorder Asilomorpha is paraphyletic and thus not a natural group; as its type taxon the Asiloidea would still belong there in any case, but current knowledge of brachyceran relationships would make it monotypic: the Cyclorrhapha appear to be the closest known relatives of the Asiloidea.

Though the ICZN does not regulate taxa higher than superfamilies, two approaches to deal with the problem are possible: either the Asilomorpha are abandoned, and the Asiloidea are treated as a member of the basal (i.e. non-Cyclorrhapha) radiation of Brachycera. On the other hand, it might be even more practical to synonymize the Asiloidea with the Asilomorpha and place the asiloid families in the infraorder directly, following the example of the Tabanomorpha.


Families

Living families of Asiloidea are:

* Apioceridae – flower-loving flies
* Apsilocephalidae
* Apystomyiidae
* Asilidae – robber flies
* Bombyliidae – bee flies
* Hilarimorphidae
* Mydidae – mydas flies
* Mythicomyiidae
* Evocoidae - Ocoa Flies
* Scenopinidae – window flies
* Therevidae – stiletto flies

An extinct family from the Mesozoic are the Protapioceridae.

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